by K. Baskett
Things I Want To Do But Never Do
I have all the best intentions, but sometimes I just cannot motivate myself to do the things I have in the back of my mind to do. So I thought it would be fun to list them for you and perhaps find out if any of you, dear readers, might share some of these with me.
1. Wake Up Early. It’s really the best time for me to work on my book - the wee early morning hours. I have a “goal” to wake up at 5:00AM every day to write. How often do you think that actually happens? Over the summer, I get pretty close to my original goal - I wake up at 6:00AM to write, every morning. But that stops as soon as the school year begins, and then I have to settle for just writing whenever I can - which is usually late nights and weekends. Speaking of which…
2. Go To Bed Early. I know I need 8 hours of sleep. I even want 8 hours of sleep. But it seems like the best time for me to write usually ends up being at the end of night, when everything else is already done. I’m lucky to get 6 hours of sleep most nights. I’ve learned to live with it.
3. Make New Year’s Resolutions. I just feel like when I want to make a change, I will resolve to do so whenever it hits me, as opposed to waiting for a specific time of year. However, I do like the idea of periodically examining my life and seeing where things need to change - whether it happens on January 1 or not.
4. Get An Artificial Christmas Tree. A part of me feels a little bit guilty about getting live trees. You know the reasons… and I always say “maybe this year I’ll get an artificial tree.” But then I start thinking about how much I love the smell of pine at Christmas time and how beautiful a real tree is, and I just go to the lot and pick out yet another Douglas Fir.
5. Get On A Regular Cleaning Schedule. I am not Suzie Homemaker. I clean the house when I can’t stand it anymore. I wish I could be one of those folks who cleans every Tuesday and Thursday or something like that. But I don’t. As long as the kitchen and bathrooms stay spotless, I don’t worry too much about the disarray everywhere else.
6. Re-Read My Favorite Books. I have a list of favorite books that mean a lot to me - books that have truly impacted my life and that I would love to read again. However, most of my favorite books I have read only once, or maybe twice in a few cases. There are just so many books out there to read, when I have the time I usually go for something I’ve never read before. After all, you never know when your next new “favorite” is going to be discovered.
7. Email My German Pen-Pal. Several years ago, I started exchanging correspondence with a girl from Germany. We wrote almost daily, sharing the details of our lives with one another and shipping gift packages to each other regularly. But then life just got in the way and our email volumes became less and less. We are still in touch but now it is few and far between. I wish I could get back into the regular habit of emailing and sending boxes. I miss her.
8. Enjoy The Screened Porch. I have a spacious screened porch on the back of my house. It faces the backyard and is peaceful and serene. On lovely days I tell myself I should get out there and enjoy the weather from the comfort of the screened porch. Maybe write a little, listen to the birds chirping. I never do.
9. Go For A Bike Ride. You never forget how to ride a bicycle. My kids are new riders and I keep saying I should buy a bike, too, and we all go out for family excursions together. Yeah, right.
10. Plan A Trip To DisneyWorld. Enough said.